Centre for Independent Living Kent (CILK)
Membership and management structure
As an organisation
of disabled people, control rests with disabled people. This is achieved
by a two-tier membership structure in which only disabled people can
become full voting members. Non-disabled allies are welcome to join
as associate members and lend their support if the are in agreement
with our stated aims. Membership is ftr]
An elected Management Committee of full members manage and oversee the
day-to-day affairs of the organisation on behalf of the membership.
Paid staff and volunteers, working on different projects and priorities,
set by the management committee and line managed by the chairman or his/her
Membership of CILK is open to anyone aged 18 years or over who lives
or works within the geographical boundary of the county of Kent, which
If you would like to become a member or would like to become involved
in the work of the organisation, please contact by any of the following
Telephone: 01622 355777
Fax: 01622 690012
Address: c/o British Red Cross
25 College Road,
Maidstone, Kent ME15 6SX
this document and a Membership Application Form
Apply Online as follows:
Our aims and objectives are:
to promote the active participation of disabled people within the
county of Kent in the provision of facilities and services that facilitate
their independence in daily living as full and equal citizens in all
aspects of life,
to support individuals wishing to live independently;
to ensure that the views of disabled people are taken account of;
to change the attitude of others towards disabled people;
to demand that the way disabled people live their lives is determined
by themselves and not by professional bodies or institutions of any
- to remove all constraints and barriers imposed on disabled people
by society as regards education, access, transport, employment and
Conditions of membership:
To join CILK you must be aged 18 or over and live or
work in the geographical county of Kent, including Medway. You must also
agree with the 'objects' of CILK as set out in the Memorandum of Association.
a) to provide means by which disabled people can take control over their
own lives, achieve full participation in all spheres of society, and
effect changes in how they are viewed and treated.
b) to provide encouragement, assistance, advice, information and enabling
support and assistance services to individuals wishing to live independently,
by means of exercising choice and exerting control over their own life
and lifestyle, and to raise the expectations of disabled people, individually
and collectively, and ensure that their voice be heard.
To be a full member
you must be a disabled person who embraces the Social Model of Disability
(whatever your impairment - sensory, physical,
learning or 'hidden').
Non-disabled people may join as associate members and can participate
fully in our activities but they are not entitled to vote. This is to
ensure that CILK remains in the control of its disabled members.
Members are required by law to agree to pay up to £1 in the event
of CILK being wound up.
Members are entitled to receive notice of and attend any meetings called
by CILK and will from time to time receive these and other mailings.
Members are welcome to contact the Management Committee or visit the
office by appointment. If you experience any problems we will try to
help. If you want to assist in the day-to-day running we are glad of
any extra help.
Membership is renewable annually on April 1st.
Groups, professionals, elected members of councils, members of parliament
who wish to be involved in their professional capacity can be placed
on our mailing list but cannot become members.
In order to get the best out of the organisation and make it our own
we all need to contribute to its development.
The Management Committee looks forward to working with you to this end
if you decide to join us.
Registered Charity Number: 1107079.
Company Registration Number. 4854897